TESTAMENT THRASHES & GODSMACK “COMES TOGETHER,” IN BRAND NEW VIDEOS.
TESTAMENT’s video for the song “Native Blood” can be seen below.
Billy collaborated with seasoned director Mike Sloat to put together a clip that is universal in message while bringing the spotlight to Billy’s Native American heritage — The Pomo Indians.
The performance portion of the video was shot on the Billy Ranch in Hopland, California, where the flames were huge and the temperatures were high.
The “Native Blood” clip is about the growth of a Native American youth throughout the years. When faced with hatred, racism, bullying, and harassment, he uses nature’s sanctuary to recharge and meditate on the lessons he learned from his grandfather to handle these very tough situations in a way to honor and dignify himself and his people.
Billy previously stated about “Native Blood”, “It’s almost like a protest song, that the Native Americans have a voice that needs to be heard — that’s the chorus of the song.”
“Native Blood” comes off TESTAMENT’s new album, “Dark Roots Of Earth”, which was released in North America yesterday, July 31 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was produced, mixed and mastered by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TED NUGENT, NIGHT RANGER) at his Trident Studios. The cover artwork for the effort (see below) was painted by Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS and GWAR, among others.
TESTAMENT: Native Blood Video
GODSMACK’s video for the band’s cover version of THE BEATLES’ “Come Together” can be seen below. The clip was directed by Ian Barrett and features footage of the actual recording sessions for the song. The track comes off GODSMACK’s first-ever live album, “Live & Inspired”, which sold around 16,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart.
In a brand new interview with RockstarUproar.com, GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin said, “We love the [‘Come Together’] video! It was actually filmed while we were recording ‘Come Together’. Normally, the song will be recorded, and then the band will go back in the studio, put their headphones on, and pretend they’re recording for the music video. This was real. It wasn’t staged or anything. It’s really cool. We were in Boston in January, and there were two feet of snow on the ground. We were totally in that vibe at the studio. It was awesome.”
Asked what he likes the most about the music video, Larkin said, “I totally like the fact it was done while we were really recording. That’s a big deal to me because most people are faking it. I like that I had a BEATLES shirt on. I had no idea we were doing the video that day. Sully [Erna, GODSMACK frontman] had hooked it all up, and he didn’t tell us. [laughs] I went to record the song, and they had video cameras there. He was like, ‘We’re going to film today!’ We didn’t know if it was going to be for a music video or a DVD. I just thought we’re doing a BEATLES song, I’ll wear my BEATLES apple shirt. I’m a huge BEATLES fan, by the way. Obviously, all musicians are. They were one of the first bands my mom had turned me on to at a very young age. I particularly like the later version when they all had beards. I had to be rocking a beard because it was wintertime in Boston. I tend to do that. I thought, ‘Wow, man, I’m totally in BEATLES mode here.”‘
On the topic of what GODSMACK brought to the cover, Larkin said, “In 1978, AEROSMITH, who’s obviously a huge influence on us as a Boston band, covered ‘Come Together’ on the ‘Live! Bootleg’ album. We listened to that version and the original. We knew AEROSMITH added modernity and more rocking sound to THE BEATLES’ version. We wanted to bring it into the 2000s with a heavier guitar tone. Tony [Rombola, guitar] wrote a more chunking riff than the AEROSMITH version. We wanted to make it GODSMACK. We approached it like, ‘If we wrote the song, what would it have sounded like today?'”
The video for GODSMACK’s cover of JOE WALSH’s “Rocky Mountain Way” can be seen at RevolverMag.com. The song comes off GODSMACK’s first-ever live album, “Live & Inspired”, which sold around 16,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Released on May 15 via Universal Republic Records, “Live & Inspired” features fierce and furious live renditions of numerous hits from the Massachusetts rockers’ five studio albums. Their incendiary and infectious shows have become legendary in modern rock, and they continue to impress both critics and audiences alike every time they hit the stage. The group sounds unchained on rousing performances of “Awake”, “Keep Away”, “Straight Out of Line”, “Whatever”, “Voodoo”, and “I Stand Alone”.
About the collection, frontman Sully Erna said, “‘Live & Inspired’ is our way of saying ‘Thank you’ to all of our fans for believing in us throughout the years, and helping us to become a great live band! Along with this ass-whooping set live from Detroit Rock City, we’ve also included four cover songs of our favorite hits in the past to show you that, we too, are simply just fans that appreciate nothing more than good old fashion ass-kicking rock ‘n’ roll! Enjoy!”
GODSMACK: Come Together Video